GROUP CLASSES

Spring 2018 Youth Group Classes

Boy Singers of Maine                                Instructor: Paul Schnell                Tuition: $250
Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. | 16 Weeks: January 17  – May 18
PCM has assumed leadership of The Boy Singers of Maine (BSOM), an esteemed organization with over 30 years of history. This group provides boys an opportunity to meet peers who love to sing and to engage with a varied repertoire in a collaborative environment. Performance opportunities provided each semester.  Ages: 7 – 18

Boy Singers of Maine, Prep Choir          Instructor: Paul Schnell                Tuition: $100
Wednesdays, 4:45 – 5:20 p.m. | 16 Weeks: January 17  – May 18
The purpose of this group would be a primary level choral experience, which will intentionally lead to and build the Boy Singers of Maine concert ensemble.  Music instruction would focus on the development of the young boy singer’s voice, and include beginning music rhythm and reading skill activities, through age appropriate vocal repertoire. Ages: 5 – 7

Vocal Techniques for Young Women         Instructor: Luette Saul            Tuition: $195
Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. | 16 weeks
: January 16 – May 15
A group class for young women ages 11 – 16, led by singer and teacher Luette Saul, a member of PCM”s faculty.  This weekly, one-hour class is devoted to the basics of healthy singing. Together we will study proper posture and body alignment and the anatomy of the voice.  We also will study tone and diction, with time to practice together in class as well as to learn techniques to practice at home. We will look at some different styles and genres of singing – including classical, pop, jazz – as well as some ways to approach music in practice and performance.  Students will have an opportunity to learn and perform a variety material in small groups or as a solo. And singers are encouraged to bring songs they want to sing to class.  Music also will be provided by the instructorAges: 12-18

Rock Band Ensembles                              Instructor: John Johnstone         Tuition: $150
Saturdays: 1:30 – 2:30 and 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | 10 weeks: 
January 27 – April 14
Students will form a Rock Band and perform a concert on the last day of ensemble. They will pick out pieces of their choice and spend the semester learning their songs and honing their instrumental and collaborative skills. Instruments include: vocals, guitar, bass, piano, drums and sax.  Ages: 10-15

Youth Group Guitar Class             Instructor: John Johnstone         Tuition: $150
Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | 10 weeks: January 22 – April 9
This class will introduce students to basic guitar techniques in a relaxed setting. Individual instruction will be provided as needed for each student. Chords, popular songs and sight-reading will be covered. Book required: Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1.   Ages: 7-14

Drum Circle                                                  Instructor: Danielle Moreau         Tuition: $250
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. | 16 weeks: Starting January 16
The goal of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to learn basic hand drumming skills in a large group setting. Considered primarily a performing class, students would learn techniques, historical background, and rhythms associated with percussion in relation to music of various cultures. Additionally, students would explore improvisation through a peer-supported, interactive musical environment. The class would culminate with a performance for the community that features the styles studied throughout the semester. Ages: 13+

Jazz Ensemble – Intermediate               Instructor: Titus Abbot                  Tuition: $150
Wednesday, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
10 weeks: January 17 – March 28
This will be a jazz improvisation class for traditional jazz instrumentation of bass, drums, piano, guitar, brass and wood-winds. This is for intermediate students who are developing jazz improvisation skills. It is intended for students interested in improvising on jazz standards with an introduction to more contemporary jazz material. The course will work towards an end of session performance and will incorporate master classes with local musicians.  Ages: 12-19

Jazz Ensemble – Intermediate/Advanced        Instructor: Titus Abbott     Tuition: $150
Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | 10 weeks: Starting January 20.
This will be a jazz improvisation class for traditional jazz instrumentation. This is for players with some prior experience playing in a jazz band or jazz combo, who are interested in learning to improvise in both traditional and non-traditional styles. Primarily the class will be working on standard and contemporary jazz material with a focus on improvisation. There will also be an intro to jazz composition, free jazz improv and group improv. The course will work towards an end of session performance and will incorporate master classes with local musicians. Ages: 12 to 19

Jazz Theory I                                               Instructor: Titus Abbott                          Tuition: $150
Wednesday Evenings: Exact Times TBD
This course will cover basic jazz theory from basic chords and scales to chord substitutions and altered scales. There will be a focus on aural understanding with the use of recorded samples and demonstrations on piano or saxophone. An introduction to basic jazz composition concepts will also be introduced.  Ages: 12+

Advanced Chamber Music                       Instructors: J. Adams + R. Lanz          Tuition: TBD
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.   | Number of rehearsals TBD
Julia Adams and Ronald Lantz, members of the Portland String Quartet, coach students who are prepared to study and perform major literature from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to Neo-classical composers. Literature selected in consultation with the players to best challenge each group. Enrollment dependent upon level of experience. Contact Julia Adams for more information at: jaes15@maine.rr.com.

Suzuki Violin Group Classes                   Instructor: Deirdre Oehrtmann            Tuition: $60
Fridays: Book 3 to Seitz Concerti 4:45-5:30/ Book 4 Vivaldi Concerti and up 5:15-6:00  |  Dates: March 9 and 23April 6May 4 and 18.
Suzuki group classes are part of the Suzuki Method curriculum. Students reinforce what they have learned in their private lessons, develop ensemble skills, and build community with other students. (Students must be studying with an SAA-registered teacher, though it may or may not be with a PCM teacher.)  Ages: 6+


Spring 2018 Adult Group Classes

Tune Learning and Session Class                       Teacher: Ed Pearlman                        Tuition: $150
Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | 10 Weeks: March 6 – May 8
In this class, we’ll learn (or take a learning tour of) a new fiddle tune each week (other instruments welcome) – by ear, phrase by phrase, with tips on note patterns and style. We’ll save time in each class to review and play together tunes that were learned in previous classes, as well as have a chance to play a few tunes of the students’ choice in a mini-session. Backup materials, including sheet music and audio, will be available online for practice and review. Ages: 15+

Adult Beginning Fiddle                       Teacher: Ed Pearlman                        Tuition: $150
Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | 10 Weeks: March 6 – May 8
Gain a good grounding in playing the violin through the fiddle traditions. Learn ergonomic ways to play, and enjoy some good tunes from different cultures and at different tempos. It’s easier than you probably think, and you can’t start any younger! All supporting materials will be provided at class with optional support online. Ages: 15+

Adult Group Ukulele Class                       Teacher: John Johnstone                        Tuition: $150
Mondays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Dates TBD, contact for more information
The ukulele is now more popular than ever before. This affordable, versatile instrument is no longer just for Hawaiian music; it’s used for rock, jazz, classical, folk and even heavy metal. Learn to play chords and tunes, while also being introduced to tablature and music sight-reading.   Ages: 18+

Adult Group Guitar Class              Teacher: John Johnstone                        Tuition: $150
Mondays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Dates TBD, contact for more information
If you’ve always wanted to play guitar but learned, here’s your chance! This class will introduce you to the basic techniques of playing guitar in a relaxed setting. Individual instruction will be provided as needed for each student. Chords, popular songs and sight-reading will be covered.    Ages: 18+

Jazz Ensemble                                            Teacher: Titus Abbott                                Tuition: $150
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | 10 weeks:
January 17 – March 28
This is a jazz improvisation class for adults playing traditional jazz instruments or strings who are at an intermediate level and can read basic melodies or can learn by ear. Primarily the class will introduce standards and jazz blues charts. There will be an introduction to free jazz improv and group improv, leading to an end of session performance.  Ages: 18+

Jazz History                                                 Instructor: Titus Abbott                             Tuition: $150
Wednesday Evenings: Exact Times TBD | 10 weeks
This is an informal survey of jazz from the early days of New Orleans right up to the present day in New York City and Europe. The focus will be on listening to recordings and discussing developments and influences. The bulk of the course will cover early Be Bop to the present day including free jazz and the loft scene.        

Advanced Chamber Music                       Instructors: J. Adams + R. Lanz             Tuition: TBD
Dates & times TBD | Number of rehearsals TBD
Julia Adams and Ronald Lantz, members of the Portland String Quartet, coach students who are prepared to study and perform major literature from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to Neo-classical composers. Literature selected in consultation with the players to best challenge each group. Enrollment dependent upon level of experience. Contact Julia Adams for more information at: jaes15@maine.rr.com.

Ensembles                                                                                                                           Tuition: $230
Any PCM student can apply to be placed in a Chamber Ensemble. Rehearsals are 1 hour each week for 10 weeks, followed by a recital. Contact PCM to apply for an ensemble.

Middle Eastern Ensemble                        Instructor: Eric LaPerna                          Tuition: $135
Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:00pm  | 6 weeks:
January 11th, 18th 25th, February 8th, 15th and 22nd
The PCM Middle Eastern Ensemble will work on Turkish, Arabic and Armenian music from the folk, classical and Sufi traditions. This class is for teenagers and adults who are at an intermediate to advanced level on their instrument. The ensemble will feature traditional instruments like the oud (fretless lute), nay (reed flute), and percussion, as well as woodwinds, bowed instruments, bass, guitar and accordion. At the end of each 6-week session there will be a public performance of the pieces the class has been working on.

Drum Circle                                                  Instructor: Danielle Moreau                     Tuition: $250
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.Dates TBD, contact for more information

The goal of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to learn basic hand drumming skills in a large group setting. Considered primarily a performing class, students would learn techniques, historical background, and rhythms associated with percussion in relation to music of various cultures. Additionally, students would explore improvisation through a peer-supported, interactive musical environment. The class would culminate with a performance for the community that features the styles studied throughout the semester.  Ages: 13+